Law & Order: UK star Jamie Bamber fears ITV cutbacks could mean there will be no second series of the show.

The 36-year-old actor – who plays DS Matt Devlin in the show which recently finished its first series on ITV1 – feels financial problems could jeopardise the future of the hit crime drama.

Asked if he will be returning for a second series, Jamie said: “I honestly don’t know yet. I think it will, but I don’t know because as you know there are cutbacks on ITV, but I think otherwise it would be a pretty well bona fide hit – these are difficult times.”

Jamie is delighted with the response Law & Order: UK has received from critics and viewers.

He said: “I’m pleased people seem to have watched it, and seem to enjoy it. And that’s why we make TV, we don’t want to make it for the critics.”

Speaking about the gritty plotlines, he said: “The last one, the rape one, was hard because obviously it involved a main character everyone has a relationship with. All the other stuff is part of the job for the guys.

“Some of them are harder than others, it’s all about doing a job. That’s what Law & Order’s really about – it’s not so much about the pain that our characters go through, it’s the pain that the guest stars go through.”

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